On a much brighter note, the Daily News had the following article, “Old Ironsides commander to speak at the Custom House” So why is he here?
The Custom House has just opened up an exhibit on the War of 1812. One of the most irritating things about our Newburyport history is the lack of information from 1812 to 1835. Our port was in shambles due to the Embargo of 1807, then we had the Great Fire of 1811 and then the British, who were still smarting from the privateer onslaught out of Newburyport during the Revolutionary War, laid siege on our port and then there was an economic downturn – okay, a deep depression. Largely, no one was in the mood to merrily record what was going on at the time.
And yet our Nation was truly formed into a united Republic during this conflict and the U.S. Constitution and Newburyport heavily contributed toward the war effort.
It has been the hard work of past and present historians to try to piece together all that occurred:
- Newburyport organized the Sea Fencibles, a militia for the purpose of protecting our port.
- We sent out privateers again.
- We set up a fort, Fort Phillips, at the Plum Island point. (Keep in mind there was no bridge to Plum Island at that time.)
- We put two massive cannon on two of our wharves pointed at the mouth of the river, one at Bartlet’s wharf and one at Johnson’s wharf.
- And the information just keeps pouring in.
Take the time to get to the Museum to hear the Commander, Thursday at 6:00 PM. It is free and definitely worth the time. It is doubly valuable because of all the War of 1812 memorabilia and facts available on display.
DON’T MISS THIS EVENT!
PS. Hate to be crude, but where else can you hear from a prominent figure (To serve on the U.S.S. Constitution is considered the highest honor bestowed to the Navy’s own) and to see this momentous exhibit, FREE. If you must feel guilty, then join and then you can get in free all the time.